Gene-Elaine Hooley is past Co-Director of Alaya Preschool, the lab school for Naropa’s Early Childhood Education program and the Contemplative Education Department. She is adjunct faculty in Naropa's Contemplative Education MA program. Gene has been involved in the field of early care and education since 1974, as a teacher of young children, an administrator of early childhood centers, and as a presenter and instructor in early childhood education programs. She was honored with the Frances Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award by the Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a member of the Early Care and Education the Council of Boulder County, Professional Pathways committee, working to provide professional development opportunities and training to the local early childhood community. She is especially interested in issues surrounding quality of care for young children, and how professional development and those in leadership roles inspire and support quality programs.